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Autumn Leaves

The changing of the leaves in autumn is one of the best times to visit Japan, when parks and gardens nationwide put on an unforgettable display of color.
Although cherry blossoms blooming in spring are the most common seasonal image associated with the Land of the Rising Sun, each of the four seasons come with their own unique charms. And the appeal of autumn in Japan is particularly robust, as seasonal trees of various kinds slowly leave off their green summer raiment in favor of livelier colors. The stately maple and bright rowan present foliage ranging from regal burgundy to flashy red, often with a liberal splash of orange, while the proud gingko dyes her leaves in the hue of sunshine gold. As much symbolic impact as the cherry blossom claims over Japanese culture, the autumn leaves have undoubtedly left their mark, having been mentioned in some of the oldest literature, featured on traditional kimono, and used in seasonal cuisine. The autumn foliage even colors local expressions, with the image of red leaves in fall used creatively to suggest emotion. But with the inevitable approach of winter, all autumn leaves burn to russet brown under the sun as they finally fall to earth, leaving tourists with a viewing window only a little longer than their springtime counterparts. November is the best (and only) month for viewing autumn leaves at their brightest, with a little regional flexibility as you move from northern Hokkaido to southern Nagasaki. The leaves may be viewed anywhere in the country, with Takamatsu’s Ritsurin Park, Kanazawa’s Kenrokuen Garden, and Kyoto’s Arashiyama area ranked among the best overall.

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Between Tokyo and Osaka: Autumn Leaves Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Between Tokyo and Osaka: Autumn Leaves Tour
Between Tokyo and Osaka: Autumn Leaves Tour

6 Days 5 Nights | from US $2598.00

Tokyo / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa / Osaka
Explore the best destinations Between Tokyo and Osaka, including Takasaki, Yudanaka Onsen, Karuizawa, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, and Kanazawa, on this 6-day journey during the captivating autumn leaves season.

6 Days 5 Nights | from US $2598.00

Tokyo / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa / Osaka
Explore the best destinations Between Tokyo and Osaka, including Takasaki, Yudanaka Onsen, Karuizawa, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, and Kanazawa, on this 6-day journey during the captivating autumn leaves season.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Nov 3, 2025 Sat. Nov 8, 2025 US $2598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 2, 2026 Sat. Nov 7, 2026 US $2598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: 
Autumn Leaves

Group Tour | Active          

Group Tour | Active    

Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves
Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2940.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo
A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2940.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo
A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Wed. Nov 13, 2024 Wed. Nov 20, 2024 US $2940.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Route Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves 
Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Route Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves Tour
The Golden Route Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves Tour
119 reviews
119 reviews

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $3098.00

Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Tour the must-see sights of Kyoto & Tokyo, enjoy cultural activities, and visit the best autumn leaves viewing spots in Japan.

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $3098.00

Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Tour the must-see sights of Kyoto & Tokyo, enjoy cultural activities, and visit the best autumn leaves viewing spots in Japan.
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Mon. Nov 4, 2024 Sun. Nov 10, 2024 US $3098.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 25, 2024 Sun. Dec 1, 2024 US $3098.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 10, 2025 Sun. Nov 16, 2025 US $3098.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 24, 2025 Sun. Nov 30, 2025 US $3098.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 9, 2026 Sun. Nov 15, 2026 US $3098.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 30, 2026 Sun. Dec 6, 2026 US $3098.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Route Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Route Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour
The Golden Route Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour
119 reviews
119 reviews

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $3098.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Tour the must-see sights of Kyoto & Tokyo, enjoy cultural activities, and visit the best autumn leaves viewing spots in Japan.

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $3098.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Tour the must-see sights of Kyoto & Tokyo, enjoy cultural activities, and visit the best autumn leaves viewing spots in Japan.
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Sun. Nov 17, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 US $3098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 16, 2025 Sat. Nov 22, 2025 US $3098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 30, 2025 Sat. Dec 6, 2025 US $3098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 1, 2026 Sat. Nov 7, 2026 US $3098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 16, 2026 Sun. Nov 22, 2026 US $3098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 22, 2026 Sat. Nov 28, 2026 US $3098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Kumano Kodo Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

Group Tour | Active          

Group Tour | Active    

Kumano Kodo Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn
Kumano Kodo Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3395.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Takijiri / Takahara / Chikatsuyu / Yunomine Onsen / Katsuura / Kyoto
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with five hikes of 2-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the sacred Kumano Kodo, or Kumano Ancient Trail.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3395.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Takijiri / Takahara / Chikatsuyu / Yunomine Onsen / Katsuura / Kyoto
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with five hikes of 2-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the sacred Kumano Kodo, or Kumano Ancient Trail.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Wed. Sep 25, 2024 Thu. Oct 3, 2024 US $3395.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Active Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. Oct 16, 2024 Thu. Oct 24, 2024 US $3395.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Active Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 9, 2024 Sun. Nov 17, 2024 US $3395.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Kyoto Active Save this tour Sold Out
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour
72 reviews
72 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3398.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the beautiful autumn leaves.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3398.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the beautiful autumn leaves.
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Sat. Oct 26, 2024 Sat. Nov 2, 2024 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 1, 2025 Sat. Nov 8, 2025 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 31, 2026 Sat. Nov 7, 2026 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry 
Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
72 reviews
72 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3398.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Explore the must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3398.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Explore the must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.
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Sun. Nov 10, 2024 Sun. Nov 17, 2024 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 16, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 9, 2025 Sun. Nov 16, 2025 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 15, 2025 Sat. Nov 22, 2025 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 15, 2026 Sun. Nov 22, 2026 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 21, 2026 Sat. Nov 28, 2026 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Autumn Leaves Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Autumn Leaves Tour
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Autumn Leaves Tour
27 reviews
27 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3398.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Anime Flavor Tour is the best thing to fulfill your Otaku needs. We will go to some of the popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3398.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Anime Flavor Tour is the best thing to fulfill your Otaku needs. We will go to some of the popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture.
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Sat. Nov 16, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 15, 2025 Sat. Nov 22, 2025 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 31, 2026 Sat. Nov 7, 2026 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 15, 2026 Sun. Nov 22, 2026 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 21, 2026 Sat. Nov 28, 2026 US $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Southern Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Southern Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour
Charms of Southern Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour
11 reviews
11 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3498.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki
Discover the culture, national parks, countrysides, gardens and "must see" sights of Southern Japan in autumn leaves season.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3498.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki
Discover the culture, national parks, countrysides, gardens and "must see" sights of Southern Japan in autumn leaves season.
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Sat. Nov 16, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 US $3498.00 Osaka Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 15, 2025 Sat. Nov 22, 2025 US $3498.00 Osaka Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 21, 2026 Sat. Nov 28, 2026 US $3498.00 Osaka Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Pilgrimage Route of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Pilgrimage Route of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves
The Pilgrimage Route of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3698.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Experience and learn about the spiritual side of Japan.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3698.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Experience and learn about the spiritual side of Japan.
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Fri. Nov 1, 2024 Sat. Nov 9, 2024 US $3698.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Nov 7, 2025 Sat. Nov 15, 2025 US $3698.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Nov 6, 2026 Sat. Nov 14, 2026 US $3698.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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